There is increasing consensus in the resource industry that variable charging is a good idea, but what needs to be done to bring it about, and what sort of system would be ideal? Resource convened a roundtable of experts to work out the details and charge ahead with charging. What follows is an excerpt of their conversation.
Although the Climate Change Act of 2008 included powers to allow five councils in England to trial pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) waste schemes, there were no takers, and, in 2010, then-Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles effectively ruled out PAYT, throwing his weight behind reward schemes instead. The experts on our roundtable started by considering why no one took the opportunity to trial variable charging then, and why it might be time to reassess the idea now.